NBA HANDS LA LAKERS STAR D’ANGELO RUSSELL HUGE FINE FOR ‘KICKING BALL INTO STANDS’ BUT FANS THINK AMOUNT ‘SEEMS HARSH’ – News

D’ANGELO Russell has been hit with a $15,000 fine after kicking a basketball into the stands.

The incident occurred during the Los Angeles Lakers 145-144 double overtime win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.

D’Angelo Russell has received a $15,000 fine from the NBA. Credit: Getty

The Los Angeles Lakers star was seen appearing to kick the ball into the crowd after his team’s win on Saturday. Credit: Getty

TV footage shows Russell slice a buzzer-beater attempt from Steph Curry into the seats. Credit: NBA on ESPN
Russell scored 28 points and spent almost 50 minutes on court during the epic contest.

Lakers superstar LeBron James put on a show as well, scoring 36 points, gathering 20 rebounds, and making 12 assists.

But a rush of blood right on the buzzer has seen Russell slapped with a hefty fine by the NBA.

Golden State’s Steph Curry launched a hopeful three-point attempt from way beyond half court as time expired.

The shot feel short of the hoop as the buzzer went with the ball in the air.

The ball looped toward Russell, who kicked it away and into the stands behind the paint.

No injuries were reported following the incident, per Yahoo Sports.

Some NBA fans felt that Russell had been “harshly” treated by the ruling.

But others argued that he was lucky to avoid a technical foul for the kick, despite time expiring.

One wrote on X in response to the footage, “They fine everyone for no reason now.”

Another said, “That ball would have been in the stands regardless.”

“Very harsh,” a third added.

But a fourth countered, “I’ve seen lower level games where something like that is given a tech even though the clock had expired.”

And a fifth agreed, “Shouldn’t that be a T and a freethrow? They give Ts after a play is done so why not this one.”

Russell is averaging 17.2 points per game this season, along with 6.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds.

The Lakers currently have a 24-24 record and take on the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.

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